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If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, or you've been told you may be at high risk of developing it, talk to City of Hope. We are recognized internationally for breast cancer research and treatments. Our dedicated team of breast cancer specialists can answer your questions, calm your concerns, and design a personalized treatment plan.

Breast Cancer Facts and Information

Why Choose Us

City of Hope brings together treatment and research expertise from multiple disciplines with an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care:

  • Broad range of surgical approaches, including minimally invasive, breast-conserving, nipple-sparing and reconstructive surgery
  • Ultra-precise radiation options, such as Intra-Operative Radiotherapy (IORT)
  • Innovative drug and hormone therapies
  • Novel treatments through our clinical trials program
  • Comprehensive screening and diagnostic tools, including genetic screening and counseling
  • Designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute
  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's top cancer hospitals for over a decade
  • Long-term follow up and survivorship program after treatment concluded


Request a Consultation

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment,  request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.


Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat breast cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Surgical Oncology

Laura Kruper, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
Dawn M. Hills, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
Veronica C. Jones, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
Lesley Taylor, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
Courtney Anne Vito, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology
John H. Yim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Surgical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Joanne Mortimer, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Arti Hurria, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Daneng Li, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
George Somlo, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Nimit Sudan, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
James R. Waisman, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Christina H. Yeon, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
Yuan Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Eric H. Radany, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Radiation Oncology
Nayana L Vora, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Radiation Oncology

Plastic Surgery

James S. Andersen, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Plastic Surgery
Sharon Clancy, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Plastic Surgery
Mark C. Tan, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties

  • Plastic Surgery

Diagnostic Radiology

Nikita Gidwaney, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Diagnostic Radiology
Lusi Tumyan, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Diagnostic Radiology

Clinical Genetics

Thomas P. Slavin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Molecular Diagnostics
Jeffrey Weitzel, M.D.

Clinical Specialties

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Cancer Genetics
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Kommah, breast cancer survivor

For breast cancer survivor Kommah McDowell, a second opinion at City of Hope made all the difference for her and her family…

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Don, breast cancer survivor

Don sports his pink City of Hope breast cancer awareness pin wherever he goes – spreading the message of early detection as he enlists new recruits in his personal war on cancer.

Homa, breast cancer survivor

“You deserve a doctor you feel confident in and who you believe is invested in your care. That’s why I chose Dr. Somlo and City of Hope.”

Stephanie, breast cancer survivor

“City of Hope saved me. They saved my baby. They saved my family portrait.”

Lisa Birk, breast cancer survivor

After receiving less-than-ideal treatment at a local hospital, Birk came to City of Hope.

Every breast cancer patient is unique, with different needs. At City of Hope, we treat you as a valued individual. We support you every step of the way - before, during  and long after treatment, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Breast Cancer Screening

Treatment Options

At City of Hope, we are dedicated to developing new breast cancer therapies to help you live longer, and enhance your quality of life. We offer access to a wide variety of clinical trials not always available to the general public. Our latest research covers new chemotherapy drugs, innovative hormone therapies, innovative surgical techniques and new radiation approaches.

Browse through some of our exciting research projects.

  • SWOG S1207: Phase III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating the Use of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy +/- One Year of Everolimus in Patients with High-Risk, Hormone Receptor-Positive and HER2/neu Negative Breast Cancer
  • Long Term Follow-Up After Breast Cancer
  • Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) to Direct Pre-Operative and Systemic Therapy in Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Stage IV Breast Cancer
  • SWOG S1007: A Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial of Standard Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy +/- Chemotherapy in Patients with 1-3 Positive Nodes, Hormone Receptor-Positive and HER2-Negative Breast Cancer with Recurrence Score (RS) of 25 or Less
  • Efficacy and Tolerability of Nanoparticle Albumin Bound Paclitaxel (Abraxane) in Patients 65 and Older with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Phase II Prospective Open Label Single Arm Study of Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab, and Nab-Paclitaxel in Patients with HER-2 Positive Advanced Breast Cancer
  • A Safety and Efficacy Study of Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) Using the Xoft Axxent eBx System at the Time of Breast Conservation Surgery for Early Stage Breast Cancer
  • Assessment of Tumor Draining Lymphatic Fluid in Breast Cancer Patients
  • Return to Wellness Program

    Already  a leader in supportive care of cancer patients, City of Hope has a new program called “Return to Wellness,” designed to tackle that big “What now?” question one topic at a time.

    City of Hope experts lead workshops in nutrition, health monitoring, long-term side effect management, body image, sexuality and intimacy, lymphedema prevention, meditation, spirituality, and more. Survivors also participate in weekly strength training, restorative yoga and support group sessions.

    “Return to Wellness” is a collaboration with the Cancer Support Community of Pasadena.  The program is open to women who have completed treatment for breast cancer.  Survivors need not be City of Hope patients to participate. 

    Please call 626-218-CARE (2273) or email [email protected] for more information.

    Living with Breast Cancer

    When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step during and after your breast cancer treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

    • Managing side effects
    • Pain management
    • Navigating the health care system
    • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
    • Fertility and sexuality concerns
    • Handling and coping with stress
    • Staying healthy and active
    • Healthy cooking and eating
    • Healing arts
    • Caregiver skills
    • Restoring normalcy in your family, job or school routine
    • Return to Wellness Program

    Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

    Additional Resources


    Partners Clinic

    Breast cancer affects the whole family, causing stress in relationships, among family members, and in your work and home life. A united team can help effectively manage these disruptions. The Partners Clinic is a novel program unique to City of Hope that offers patients and their families an opportunity to grow closer as they solve problems together.

    Designed specifically for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their partners or families, the clinic offers communication training and gender-based problem-solving led by board-certified counseling experts. This session, which occurs at the initial surgical visit, provides patients and their families with the necessary tools to communicate honestly and directly with each other. It actively encourages the sharing of emotional concerns and fears in a way that helps everyone manage their unique situations.




    We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables City of Hope to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies - helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

    For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact:

    Janet Morgan
    Senior Development Officer
    Phone: 626-218-6250
    Email: [email protected]

    You may also Donate Now to make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope.

    Circle 1500: The power of pooled philanthropy

    City of Hope's Circle 1500 is a giving circle that allows members pool philanthropic resources to fund specific projects, fueling future cancer breakthroughs and the next generation of innovative treatments. Members of Circle 1500 can see the immediate impact of their pooled philanthropy and are able to follow the progress of research projects that they fund each year through regularly-held meetings.

    Learn more about Circle 1500.

    City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other breast cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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